Rocks and Flowers
I was reading Heidi Gildemeister’s book when looking up her comments on apricot trees and I found myself reading again the chapter on ‘Gardening among Rocks’. And I thought ‘that’s what we have to do here.’ As she writes ‘any mediterranean gardens are distinctly rocky.’She goes on to write that rocks have a highly sculptural quality, and that they provide good growing conditions for roots to find a cool root rut and secure anchorage.
We do not have the outstanding rocky outcrops of her garden, which enhance her designs, but we did have an abundance of rocks to build walls and edge paths.
|No rocky outcrops in our garden|
As I consider what we have done I’ve noticed I used the following as guidelines.
? Japanese Gardens
|A traditional use of rocks|
Traditional Rock Gardens?
Not for me, too much weeding
|The traditional rock garden, well weeded!|
Yes, good idea, translated to pots
In or On Walls?
That too suits our Lemnian garden, where we have stone walls in abundance. I have found that the walls and pillars give some shade at certain times of the day. Plus offering a wonderful aesthetic combination; a solid background against which the colour and texture of the flowers are enhanced.
|The back wall and yellow Canna Lillies|
Around Stone Pillars
Again we have used this idea a lot in our mediterranean garden. Our pillars give shape and height to the garden, plus and shaded beds at their foot, and a place for flowers to nestle or climb, offering shade on nearby terraces and paths.
|Pillars, gravel, and succulents|